FAQ: Cryotherapy

What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy was invented in Japan in the 1970’s by Dr. Toshima Yamauchi to relieve pain and treat rheumatoid arthritis. Whole body cryotherapy is a cooling therapy that uses nitrogen gas to cool your body in just 2-3 minutes and is similar to the concept of applying an ice pack to a painful muscle or joint, but on a larger scale.

Are there any restrictions for whole-body cryotherapy?
Those with the following conditions cannot use the cryotherapy chamber:

  • Uncontrolled blood pressure (high or low)
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome, or any disease/condition that causes a sensitivity or allergy to cold
  • Unstable heart pain, or history of a heart attack
  • Disease of the blood vessels or blood clots
  • Open sores or active infection
  • Uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Nerve pain (neuropathy)
  • Pregnancy
  • People under the age of 16 (ages 16-18 are allowed with parent/guardian consent)

What are the benefits?
Every participant has their own individual response; however, many report:

  • Increased energy
  • Greater alertness and focus
  • Rapid recovery from workouts
  • Anxiety and depression relief
  • Better sleep
  • Decreased muscle and joint pain
  • Promotion of weight loss
  • Reduced signs of aging

How often can I get cryotherapy?
No more than twice per day, and at least 4 hours between the two sessions.